The Metropolitan Orchestra enters its tenth season in 2018, with a line up of five concerts exploring themes of beauty, passion and drama. Masterpieces by Rachmaninov, Dvořák, Shostakovich and Franck are on the menu, along with two world premieres by the SOQ Collective and Jim Coyle.
The Metropolitan Orchestra. Photo: supplied.
“I am proud to welcome all to this milestone in The Metropolitan Orchestra’s history, our tenth year of music making,” said Sarah-Grace Williams, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of TMO. “I look forward to sharing another year of passion-fuelled performances with you, as we continue our mission to deliver first-class yet highly accessible musical experiences for everyone, young and old. Performing some of the greatest symphonic literature ever written, alongside commissioned world premieres by Australian composers, with stellar soloists, our Met Concert season will take you on an exhilarating journey through both the familiar and the unknown.”
Highlights of the upcoming season include the season opening programme Beauty, which explores three landscapes through the work of Sibelius (Swan of Tuonela), the SOQ Collective (Beauty) and Dvořák (‘New World’ Symphony). Beauty is an orchestral song cycle inspired by the awe-inspiring desolation of the Australian outback and one of the world premieres on offer in 2018.
Meanwhile, acclaimed Australian pianist Tamara Anna-Cislowska is the featured soloist in Fever, performing Shostakovich’s upbeat Piano Concerto No 2 in an all-Russian programme. The Shostakovich is complemented by Rimsky-Korsakov’s Spanish folk melody inspired Capriccio Espagnol and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances.
Australian composer Jim Coyle’s Dancing with Billy Bray receives its world premiere in the final concert of the series, its vibrant energy providing a foil to Elgar’s Cello Concerto, played by TMO’s cellist, Ezmi Pepper. Franck’s Symphony in D brings this milestone season a fitting end.
In celebration of their 2018 season, TMO have launched a new mobile-friendly website. “It is important for us to remain in-touch with the latest technology,” said TMO Managing Director, Bevan Rigato. “This new website will not only continue to provide an easy-to- navigate online experience to our visitors, it will allow mobile users to easily find relevant information anywhere. Whether they are using a mobile phone or Ipad, navigation is clear and easy. Along with our commitment to effective social media strategies, we hope to continue reaching more people through a variety of electronic and online channel.”